Seventeen brands recall 1.5 million bikes for quick-release issue

Bike companies are issuing a joint recall of 1.5 million bicycles due to issues with the front quick release levers and disc brake rotors.

Seventeen bike brands are participating in a joint voluntary recall involving certain bikes equipped with front-wheel quick-releases and disc brakes. The recall is being conducted by the brands in conjunction with the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and the Consumer Protection Agency of the United Mexican States.

The recall addresses bicycles equipped with a front quick-release lever that can come into contact with the front disc brake when improperly adjusted or left open while riding. An open quick-release can result in the front wheel coming to a sudden stop or separating from the bicycle, posing a risk of injury to the rider.

“Rider safety is our top priority,” said Patrick Cunnane, Chair of BPSA’s committee. “We are pleased to be able to serve a role in bringing together the participating companies and facilitating this unprecedented large group effort.”

Bike brands and model years involved in this recall:

Diamondback: 2004-2015
Raleigh: 2004-2015
Breezer: 2005-2015
Fuji: 2005-2015
SE: 2005-2015
Cannondale: 1998-2015
GT: 1998-2015
Felt: 2006-2015
Jamis: 2005-2015
Giant: 2003-2004
Haro: 2000-2015
Norco: 2000-2015
Access: 2009-2015
Civia Cycles: 2008-2012
Novara: 2002-2015
Ridley: 2014-2015
Specialized: 2002-2015

This follows a similar recall involving Trek Bicycle earlier this year, in which nearly 1 million Trek bikes were recalled due to the same quick-release/disc brake concerns.

A rider should check the Quick-Release Recall website to see if his or her bike is part of the recall. A rider with a bike that is subject to the recall should stop riding the bike and take it to a dealer to have a new quick-release installed. In many cases, the replacement can be accomplished in as little as five minutes.